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Short-handed Pacers rally for 112-106 win over Pistons

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) A next-man-up mentality is keeping the Indiana Pacers competitive despite a rash of injuries.

T.J. McConnell was the key for the Pacers on Friday night in a 112-106 win over the Pistons that moved Indiana above .500 for the first time this season.

Playing all but two minutes of the fourth quarter, McConnell, the backup point guard, finished with 17 points, nine assists and five rebounds on a night the Pacers played without four members of their rotation.

''We've got to hold down the fort until those guys get back,'' McConnell said. ''I've been a guy the last five years who hasn't tried to go outside the box. I had the lane, and I took it.''

All-Star Victor Oladipo, starting center Myles Turner and his backup, Goga Bitadze, and sixth man Jeremy Lamb were out due to injury. Detroit had already beaten the Pacers twice this season. And then the Pacers fell behind by 15 points in the first quarter.

None of that fazed Indiana, which ranks in the top half of the league on defense.

''Defense is how we win games,'' said reserve Justin Holiday, who chipped in 16 points and six rebounds. ''That's our identity. We've been playing defense.''

That has helped the Pacers go 5-1 since starting the season 0-3.

''Our chemistry is growing,'' said Domantas Sabonis, who finished with 17 points, 14 rebounds and six assists. ''Coach (Nate McMillan) runs a great system that is easy to run, no matter who is on the court.''

Luke Kennard had 29 points, six rebounds and five assists, and Andre Drummond finished with 15 points, 13 rebounds and eight assists for Detroit.

Drummond had averaged 25 points and 20.5 rebounds in the two wins against the Pacers. They finally found a way Friday to slow the two-time All-Star - foul trouble.

Drummond picked up his third foul near midcourt with 4:31 remaining in the first half and sat the rest of the way. Indiana outscored the Pistons 14-2 in that span and led 57-53 at intermission.

''I told Andre you can't pick up your third foul at half court,'' Detroit coach Dwane Casey said. ''He wasn't thinking in that situation. Just a bad foul that put us in a tough position, and he knows it. He felt bad about it.''

The Pacers then opened the third quarter on an 11-2 run, causing Casey to use a timeout. Shortly after play resumed, two more baskets stretched Indiana's lead to 17, and the Pistons never got closer than six.

McConnell, whose point total was one shy of his career high, spearheaded a bench effort that accounted for 51 of the Pacers' points on a night the team shot at least 50% from the field for just the second time this season.

''(McConnell) made the difference,'' Casey said.

SCREEN CONFUSION

In his pregame media session, Casey expressed a degree of frustration in how the league is officiating screens and pick-and-roll plays.

''It changes every possession, maybe every game, what's legal, not legal,'' Casey said. ''Whether you can stick your butt out, or if you slide to your right, use your hands to push off, all of the above, we have to have some clarification. It's very difficult because those are split-second decisions.''

TIP-INS

Pistons: Star forward Blake Griffin, starting point guard Reggie Jackson and sixth-man extraordinaire Derrick Rose, averaging 20.8 points and 6.3 assists per game, all sat out due to injury. ... Detroit shot 45% with 17 turnovers.

Pacers: Warren was assessed a Flagrant 1 for his offensive foul with 2:15 left in the contest. Making both free throws off the flagrant, the Pistons added a 3-pointer for a rare five-point possession. ... Sabonis added 14 boards and six assists. ... The team's video board showed former NFL quarterback Trent Green in attendance. Green played college football at Indiana in the 1990s. He received a round of applause.

UP NEXT:

Pistons: Host Minnesota on Monday night.

Pacers: Play at Orlando on Sunday night. The Magic won three of four meetings last season.

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1st Quarter

Time Team Play Score
12:00   Jumpball  
11:39 +3 Markieff Morris made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Andre Drummond 3-0
11:16 +2 Domantas Sabonis made hook shot 3-2
11:02   Luke Kennard missed jump shot  
10:59   Defensive rebound by T.J. Warren  
10:49   Aaron Holiday missed 3-pt. jump shot  
10:47   DET team rebound  
10:27 +2 Tony Snell made floating jump shot, assist by Bruce Brown 5-2
10:16   Malcolm Brogdon missed jump shot  
10:13   Defensive rebound by Andre Drummond  
10:05 +2 Luke Kennard made reverse layup, assist by Andre Drummond 7-2
9:51   Shooting foul on Tony Snell  
9:51 +1 T.J. Warren made 1st of 2 free throws 7-3
9:51 +1 T.J. Warren made 2nd of 2 free throws 7-4
9:35   Bruce Brown missed hook shot  
9:30   Defensive rebound by Malcolm Brogdon  
9:15   Bad pass turnover on Aaron Holiday, stolen by Tony Snell  
9:06   Andre Drummond missed 3-pt. jump shot  
9:03   Defensive rebound by Domantas Sabonis  
8:56   Malcolm Brogdon missed finger-roll layup  
8:53   Defensive rebound by Andre Drummond  
8:47   Personal foul on JaKarr Sampson  
8:40 +2 Andre Drummond made floating jump shot, assist by Luke Kennard 9-4
8:19 +2 Malcolm Brogdon made jump shot 9-6
8:00 +2 Luke Kennard made jump shot, assist by Markieff Morris 11-6
7:44   Domantas Sabonis missed 3-pt. jump shot  
7:41   Defensive rebound by Markieff Morris  
7:31   Markieff Morris missed turnaround jump shot, blocked by Domantas Sabonis  
7:29   DET team rebound  
7:24   Andre Drummond missed hook shot  
7:21   Defensive rebound by Aaron Holiday  
7:09 +2 Malcolm Brogdon made finger-roll layup, assist by Aaron Holiday 11-8
6:53 +2 Luke Kennard made jump shot 13-8
6:36   Domantas Sabonis missed hook shot  
6:32   Defensive rebound by Andre Drummond  
6:28   Andre Drummond missed finger-roll layup  
6:26   Defensive rebound by Domantas Sabonis  
6:24   Out of bounds turnover on Domantas Sabonis  
6:06 +2 Andre Drummond made layup, assist by Bruce Brown 15-8
5:57   Bad pass turnover on Malcolm Brogdon, stolen by Bruce Brown  
5:48 +2 Markieff Morris made layup, assist by Tony Snell 17-8
5:32 +2 Domantas Sabonis made jump shot, assist by Aaron Holiday 17-10
5:12   Tony Snell missed 3-pt. jump shot  
5:09   Offensive rebound by Luke Kennard  
5:08 +2 Luke Kennard made jump shot 19-10
4:54   Aaron Holiday missed driving layup  
4:51   Defensive rebound by Andre Drummond  
4:44   Andre Drummond missed floating jump shot  
4:40   Defensive rebound by Domantas Sabonis  
4:34   Domantas Sabonis missed 3-pt. jump shot  
4:30   Defensive rebound by Luke Kennard  
4:19   Shooting foul on Domantas Sabonis  
4:19 +1 Andre Drummond made 1st of 2 free throws 20-10
4:19   Andre Drummond missed 2nd of 2 free throws  
4:18   Defensive rebound by Domantas Sabonis  
4:07   Malcolm Brogdon missed driving layup, blocked by Andre Drummond  
4:04   Offensive rebound by Domantas Sabonis  
3:59   T.J. Warren missed jump shot  
3:56   Offensive rebound by Domantas Sabonis  
3:54 +2 T.J. McConnell made jump shot, assist by Domantas Sabonis 20-12
3:40   Personal foul on Malcolm Brogdon  
3:26 +3 Markieff Morris made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Andre Drummond 23-12
3:09 +2 Domantas Sabonis made dunk, assist by Doug McDermott 23-14
2:56   Traveling violation turnover on Christian Wood  
2:46   Doug McDermott missed finger-roll layup  
2:43   Defensive rebound by Andre Drummond  
2:41 +2 Langston Galloway made layup, assist by Andre Drummond 25-14
2:41   Shooting foul on Justin Holiday  
2:41 +1 Langston Galloway made free throw 26-14
2:30 +3 Justin Holiday made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by T.J. McConnell 26-17
2:18   Offensive foul on Andre Drummond  
2:18   Turnover on Andre Drummond  
2:08   T.J. McConnell missed jump shot  
2:06   Defensive rebound by Andre Drummond  
1:58 +3 Luke Kennard made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Langston Galloway 29-17
1:40   Domantas Sabonis missed reverse layup  
1:38   Defensive rebound by Christian Wood  
1:31 +3 Svi Mykhailiuk made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Luke Kennard 32-17
1:16 +2 Doug McDermott made jump shot, assist by Domantas Sabonis 32-19
0:51   Svi Mykhailiuk missed 3-pt. jump shot  
0:47   Defensive rebound by T.J. McConnell  
0:42 +2 T.J. McConnell made floating jump shot 32-21
0:42   Shooting foul on Andre Drummond  
0:42 +1 T.J. McConnell made free throw 32-22
0:34   Christian Wood missed driving dunk, blocked by JaKarr Sampson  
0:30   Defensive rebound by TJ Leaf  
0:27 +3 Justin Holiday made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by T.J. McConnell 32-25
0:09 +2 Luke Kennard made finger-roll layup 34-25
0:09   Shooting foul on Justin Holiday  
0:09 +1 Luke Kennard made free throw 35-25
0:01 +2 JaKarr Sampson made turnaround jump shot, assist by T.J. McConnell 35-27
0:00   End of period  

2nd Quarter

Time Team Play Score
11:44   Bad pass turnover on Justin Holiday, stolen by Thon Maker  
11:39   Bruce Brown missed reverse layup  
11:34   Offensive rebound by Thon Maker  
11:31   Thon Maker missed jump shot  
11:31   Defensive rebound by T.J. McConnell  
11:24   Personal foul on Langston Galloway  
11:15 +2 TJ Leaf made finger-roll layup, assist by T.J. McConnell 35-29
10:57   Langston Galloway missed 3-pt. jump shot  
10:54   Defensive rebound by Justin Holiday  
10:41   Personal foul on Bruce Brown  
10:36   Doug McDermott missed turnaround jump shot, blocked by Thon Maker  
10:33   Defensive rebound by Christian Wood  
10:27   Shooting foul on Doug McDermott  
10:27 +1 Langston Galloway made 1st of 3 free throws 36-29
10:27 +1 Langston Galloway made 2nd of 3 free throws 37-29
10:27 +1 Langston Galloway made 3rd of 3 free throws 38-29
10:14 +3 Doug McDermott made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Aaron Holiday 38-32
9:55   Lost ball turnover on Thon Maker, stolen by Aaron Holiday  
9:49 +2 Doug McDermott made layup, assist by T.J. McConnell 38-34
9:29   Shooting foul on JaKarr Sampson  
9:29 +1 Svi Mykhailiuk made 1st of 2 free throws 39-34
9:29 +1 Svi Mykhailiuk made 2nd of 2 free throws 40-34
9:11   Personal foul on Markieff Morris  
8:57   Bad pass turnover on Aaron Holiday, stolen by Bruce Brown  
8:53 +2 Bruce Brown made dunk 42-34
8:27 +2 Aaron Holiday made jump shot 42-36
8:12   Langston Galloway missed finger-roll layup  
8:09   Defensive rebound by Aaron Holiday  
8:05   Aaron Holiday missed driving layup, blocked by Langston Galloway  
8:05   DET team rebound  
8:05   Full timeout called  
7:49 +2 Langston Galloway made finger-roll layup, assist by Andre Drummond 44-36
7:33 +2 Doug McDermott made floating jump shot 44-38
7:21   Traveling violation turnover on Markieff Morris  
7:12   Doug McDermott missed layup  
7:08   Defensive rebound by Svi Mykhailiuk  
6:53 +3 Langston Galloway made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Svi Mykhailiuk 47-38
6:35 +2 JaKarr Sampson made jump shot, assist by Domantas Sabonis 47-40
6:35   Shooting foul on Markieff Morris  
6:35 +1 JaKarr Sampson made free throw 47-41
6:19   Markieff Morris missed 3-pt. jump shot  
6:17   Defensive rebound by Domantas Sabonis  
6:00 +2 Domantas Sabonis made hook shot 47-43
5:42   Luke Kennard missed floating jump shot  
5:38   Offensive rebound by Andre Drummond  
5:35 +2 Andre Drummond made hook shot 49-43
5:19   Out of bounds turnover on Malcolm Brogdon  
5:07   Bruce Brown missed 3-pt. jump shot  
5:04   Defensive rebound by Domantas Sabonis  
4:48   Malcolm Brogdon missed 3-pt. jump shot  
4:45   Defensive rebound by Luke Kennard  
4:40 +2 Andre Drummond made dunk, assist by Tony Snell 51-43
4:31   Personal foul on Andre Drummond  
4:31 +1 Domantas Sabonis made 1st of 2 free throws 51-44
4:31   Domantas Sabonis missed 2nd of 2 free throws  
4:30   Defensive rebound by Luke Kennard  
4:12   Tony Snell missed 3-pt. jump shot  
4:09   Defensive rebound by T.J. Warren  
4:01   T.J. Warren missed jump shot  
3:58   Defensive rebound by Markieff Morris  
3:51   Traveling violation turnover on Markieff Morris  
3:43 +2 T.J. Warren made dunk, assist by Malcolm Brogdon 51-46
3:18   Defensive rebound by Justin Holiday  
3:15 +2 T.J. Warren made jump shot 51-48
3:05   Offensive foul on Bruce Brown  
3:05   Turnover on Bruce Brown  
2:56   T.J. Warren missed jump shot  
2:55   IND team rebound  
2:55   Personal foul on Tony Snell  
2:55 +1 Domantas Sabonis made 1st of 2 free throws 51-49
2:55 +1 Domantas Sabonis made 2nd of 2 free throws 51-50
2:32   Bruce Brown missed jump shot  
2:29   Defensive rebound by Malcolm Brogdon  
2:25   Justin Holiday missed 3-pt. jump shot  
2:21   Defensive rebound by Langston Galloway  
2:19   Personal foul on Malcolm Brogdon  
2:13   Luke Kennard missed 3-pt. jump shot  
2:09   Defensive rebound by Justin Holiday  
2:02 +2 Malcolm Brogdon made reverse layup 51-52
1:36   Bad pass turnover on Tony Snell, stolen by Aaron Holiday  
1:28 +2 Malcolm Brogdon made finger-roll layup, assist by Domantas Sabonis 51-54
1:28   Shooting foul on Langston Galloway  
1:28 +1 Malcolm Brogdon made free throw 51-55
1:14   Langston Galloway missed 3-pt. jump shot  
1:11   Defensive rebound by Malcolm Brogdon  
1:06   Shooting foul on Markieff Morris  
1:06 +1 Malcolm Brogdon made 1st of 2 free throws 51-56
1:06 +1 Malcolm Brogdon made 2nd of 2 free throws 51-57
0:51   Luke Kennard missed 3-pt. jump shot  
0:48   Defensive rebound by Domantas Sabonis  
0:39   Lost ball turnover on Malcolm Brogdon, stolen by Bruce Brown  
0:35   Tony Snell missed layup  
0:33   Offensive rebound by Bruce Brown  
0:33   Bruce Brown missed dunk  
0:31   Offensive rebound by Bruce Brown  
0:32 +2 Bruce Brown made dunk 53-57
0:14   T.J. Warren missed 3-pt. jump shot  
0:14   Defensive rebound by Luke Kennard  
0:00   End of period  

3rd Quarter

Time Team Play Score
11:45 +2 JaKarr Sampson made floating jump shot, assist by Domantas Sabonis 53-59
11:33   Offensive foul on Tony Snell  
11:33   Turnover on Tony Snell  
11:21   Domantas Sabonis missed hook shot  
11:19   Defensive rebound by Andre Drummond  
11:08   Markieff Morris missed 3-pt. jump shot  
11:05   Offensive rebound by Tony Snell  
10:53   Bruce Brown missed floating jump shot  
10:48   Defensive rebound by Aaron Holiday  
10:34 +2 T.J. Warren made finger-roll layup, assist by Malcolm Brogdon 53-61
10:17 +2 Luke Kennard made jump shot 55-61
9:59   T.J. Warren missed finger-roll layup  
9:59   Offensive rebound by T.J. Warren  
9:59 +2 T.J. Warren made dunk 55-63
9:59   Shooting foul on Andre Drummond  
9:59 +1 T.J. Warren made free throw 55-64
9:34   24-second shot clock violation turnover  
9:22 +2 JaKarr Sampson made layup, assist by Aaron Holiday 55-66
8:58   Lost ball turnover on Andre Drummond, stolen by Malcolm Brogdon  
8:55   T.J. Warren missed layup  
8:53   Offensive rebound by T.J. Warren  
8:53 +2 T.J. Warren made dunk 55-68
8:43   Offensive foul on Thon Maker  
8:43   Turnover on Thon Maker  
8:34   Violation  
8:22 +2 T.J. Warren made jump shot, assist by Domantas Sabonis 55-70
8:04   Luke Kennard missed jump shot, blocked by T.J. Warren  
8:03   Defensive rebound by Aaron Holiday  
8:03   Personal foul on Luke Kennard  
7:54   JaKarr Sampson missed 3-pt. jump shot  
7:47   Offensive rebound by Aaron Holiday  
7:47 +2 Aaron Holiday made jump shot 55-72
7:28 +2 Thon Maker made layup, assist by Bruce Brown 57-72
7:20   Bad pass turnover on Aaron Holiday, stolen by Markieff Morris  
7:06   Personal foul on JaKarr Sampson  
6:57 +2 Markieff Morris made layup, assist by Bruce Brown 59-72
6:46   Malcolm Brogdon missed jump shot  
6:42   Defensive rebound by Bruce Brown  
6:33   Markieff Morris missed 3-pt. jump shot  
6:31   Offensive rebound by Tony Snell  
6:26 +3 Luke Kennard made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Markieff Morris 62-72
6:11 +2 Justin Holiday made jump shot, assist by Aaron Holiday 62-74
6:11   Shooting foul on Bruce Brown  
6:11   Justin Holiday missed free throw  
6:09   Defensive rebound by Thon Maker  
5:57   Personal foul on Malcolm Brogdon  
5:44   Luke Kennard missed finger-roll layup, blocked by Justin Holiday  
5:38   Defensive rebound by Malcolm Brogdon  
5:36   Personal foul on Thon Maker  
5:32   T.J. Warren missed fade-away jump shot  
5:28   Defensive rebound by Luke Kennard  
5:22 +2 Markieff Morris made finger-roll layup, assist by Luke Kennard 64-74
5:22   Shooting foul on T.J. Warren  
5:22 +1 Markieff Morris made free throw 65-74
5:12   Personal foul on Thon Maker  
5:12 +1 Justin Holiday made 1st of 2 free throws 65-75
5:12 +1 Justin Holiday made 2nd of 2 free throws 65-76
4:53   Shooting foul on Domantas Sabonis  
4:53   Bruce Brown missed 1st of 2 free throws  
4:53   DET team rebound  
4:53   Bruce Brown missed 2nd of 2 free throws  
4:51   Defensive rebound by Domantas Sabonis  
4:36   Aaron Holiday missed floating jump shot  
4:33   Offensive rebound by Aaron Holiday